We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Gradient elasticity with the material point method.

Charlton, T.J. and Coombs, W.M. and Augarde, C.E. (2016) 'Gradient elasticity with the material point method.', in Proceedings of the 24th UK Conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering, 31 March - 01 April 2016, Cardiff University, Cardiff. Cardiff: Cardiff University, pp. 112-115.


The Material Point Method (MPM) is a method that allows solid mechanics problems with large deformation and non-linearity to be modelled using particles at which state variables are stored and tracked. Calculations are then carried out on a regular background grid to which state variables are mapped from the particles. There have been a selection of extensions to the MPM, for example, a problem in the original method that arises when a material point crosses the boundary between one background grid cell and another is addressed by the Generalised Interpolation Material Point (GIMP) method [2]. An area yet to be studied in as much depth in MPM is that conventional analysis techniques constructed in terms of stress and strain are unable to resolve structural instabilities such as necking or shear banding. This is due to the fact that they do not contain any measure of the length of the microstructure of the material analysed such as molecule size of grain structure. Gradient elasticity theories provide extensions of the classical equations of elasticity with additional higher-order terms [3]. This use of length scales makes it possible to model finite thickness shear bands that is not possible with traditional methods. Much work has been done on including the effect of microstructure on a linear elastic solid and has previously been combined with the Finite Element Method and with the Particle In Cell Method. In this work the MPM will be developed to include gradient effects.

Item Type:Book chapter
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Date accepted:01 March 2016
Date deposited:14 April 2016
Date of first online publication:April 2016
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar